Once More

Once More

A Poem by Cherrie Palmer
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For children who a parent has left them

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It’s okay,
don’t be afraid.
I didn't set the hook,
no guilt
do I lay at your feet.
For,
Even without you:
I learnt,
to love me.
To see the gift,
I am.
I found strength
in my struggle.
I navigated deep water,
and made it to shore.
Swimming through a sea
of self-doubt.
My ever-decreasing hate,
now gone,
And hope has nestled in.
I see you in the mirror,
and I no longer look away.
Someday,
I’ll learn
to love you,
once more.

© 2022 Cherrie Palmer


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Truly a gift and a nice work if poetry. I enjoyed this

Posted 1 Week Ago


Cherrie Palmer

1 Week Ago

😊 thank you.
Dear Cherrie,
Yes, the "loss" missing of a parent is terrible...no matter what...To pull oneself out from the pain of this and experience self acceptance is wonderful. Not to feel "It was my fault"
Hate is a terrible thing... it can eat you up... to let go and forgive...yet still remember is clearly the best route to take.
Lisa, finally finding time to read poems..

Posted 1 Month Ago


Cherrie Palmer

1 Month Ago

That is a excellent point because children often blot out what they don't want to remember. They pu.. read more
Lisasview

1 Month Ago

Yes, hidden bad memories that are never addressed come out as the child grows and shows up in everyt.. read more
Fabulous Cherrie - what a voyage it is to self-acceptance and the shedding of negativity. Excellent.

Posted 1 Month Ago


Cherrie Palmer

1 Month Ago

Good morning Tony and thank you.
Very thought provoking, Ms. Cherrie. Too many people experience this and, I find it sad that they have not found guidance that will help them shed their insecurities and self-doubt. If not done at an early age they grow into adults with issues that become more compounded than self-recrimination/doubt. We should all know that we are all unique, all special and, should love ourselves. If we don't learn to love ourselves first how can we love another? Well done! Temp

Posted 1 Month Ago


Cherrie Palmer

1 Month Ago

That is so true. Sometimes it takes some doing to let go of hurts but children can and want to if s.. read more
Temperance

1 Month Ago

You are so right!
So sad when this happens to children. How their minds get mixed up and confused, thinking that they were somehow to blame. This poem, written through the eyes of such a child, looking back, really drives the message home. Highly poignant, and very well written!

Posted 1 Month Ago


oh my!! so emotive, mon Cherrie! the voice of a child abandoned given wings by your words .. supper good stuff says i! a courageous heart .. the healthy turns at crossroads ... will most certainly lead your protagonist to the healthy state of loving who one is .. only then can it turn upward and outward says i! such a moving poem ... hits were it counts
E.

Posted 1 Month Ago


Cherrie Palmer

1 Month Ago

:) thank you Gene
I had AWOL parent. 11 foster homes but I was lucky. Dear Grandparent took me in. Made me a gypsy in spirit. Powerful and worthwhile words shared dear Cherrie.
Coyote

Posted 1 Month Ago


Cherrie Palmer

1 Month Ago

Thank God he gives us grandparents
I'm glad your grandma stepped up for you.
The events of life can damage our self esteem before we are able to deal with their blows. The speaker here seems to have come to an understanding of this and is on the road to recovery. It is a journey we all must make if we wish to enjoy our lives.

Posted 1 Month Ago


Cherrie Palmer

1 Month Ago

Thank you John good to see you. I look forward to returning the visit.
We brought up three grandchildren separated from their parents. Not an easy road, often riddled with potholes.Yes there is pain and we were there to give them love and reassurance, but that doesn't always eliminate the low self-esteem and the fact that they felt different in their younger years from their friends who had mum and dad around. Takes a great deal of hard work and time to make them understand it is not their fault, they are not to blame. I could relate to this poem Cherrie from my own experiences.

Chris

Posted 1 Month Ago


Cherrie Palmer

1 Month Ago

Yes making them understand this is not their fault and or the person left holding the pieces togeth.. read more
Wisdom drips from your words dear Cherrie, only someone who faced that kind of situation can write like this because You pointed out some very important ideas (self love- self worth- guilt) most importantly. to face the fear, to let go and forgive for the sake of growth and a healthy being. that is the most difficult. issues from childhood can stay a lifetime if not healed from the source and correctly. amazing piece my dear.

Posted 1 Month Ago


Cherrie Palmer

1 Month Ago

Well the perspective of this is my grandchildren.
It's a terrible loss when a child's pain c.. read more
lightsong

1 Month Ago

I am so sorry to hear this dear Cherrie, I send them many warm, loving and caring Hugs*** and please.. read more

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Cherrie Palmer
Cherrie Palmer

Oakland, AR



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I am a published poet and love poetry. My husband and I live near the White River, and love trout fishing. I find my surroundings a great inspiration to me. I also have two books on Amazon Kindle: O.. more..

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